10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Boston

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and learn about all things military at USS Pampanito.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In April, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Boston - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel online travel route planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Carmel are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, examine the collection at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Cambria Nursery & Florist, take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Simeon travel route builder app .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in April: highs in San Simeon hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, then browse the exhibits of Hollyhock House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from San Simeon in April, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove and then take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Diego travel tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in San Diego sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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